INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY!

International Children’s Day - it seems everybody has a “day” these days. So on this particular day in one year I was celebrating this day by showing a slide presentation on House of Hope Orphanage in Haiti to the folks at a Church in Lake Park, FL. Then I shared a message especially related to the Youth of this Haitian Church on “How Kids and Youth Can Beat the Giants Facing Them In Life.” It is important for all of us to recognize there will be giants of different kinds in life but with God’s help the giants can be defeated and we can live a successful life for God. Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him,” (NIV). Children are a blessing from

CHILDREN VS ADULTS!

CHILDREN VS ADULTS! “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right,” (Proverbs 20:11 NIV). Even children gain a reputation early in life. Some children seem to be easy going and appear to always do the “right” thing. Others always seem to be in to everything and causing discord and chaos wherever they go. Actions early in life are important but the actions of a child are not always indicative of what the future holds for them. Maybe observing my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren has brought this to mind but really my thoughts are on Psalm 15 and the life actions that reflect on adults and their relationship to God. The Psalmist asked, “Lord, w

A DAY TO REMEMBER!

A DAY TO REMEMBER! Some days in your life you just don’t forget and one of those days for me occurred a few years ago was when the ambulance came and my wife was rushed to the hospital while profusely bleeding. At the time we did not know the cause of the bleeding but we knew she was losing enough blood that she was in real trouble without proper care. It was at that time I was really thankful the EMT station was just a few blocks from our home. As I rushed to the hospital emergency room I filled the air with my prayers directed to my heavenly Father. It is always good to have an open line to heaven when emergencies arise. I am thankful for good doctors and nurses and EMT’s and hospitals but

WORDS!

WORDS! We live in a society filled with words of all kinds. There are beautiful words that thrill the heart and mind. There are dirty words that pollute the heart and mind. There are funny words that cause us to double over in laughter. There are angry words that stir up hate and division among people. There are first words uttered by children that bring joy and delight. There are last words from our friends and relatives that bring tears and sorrowful hearts. There are words that fill the airwaves, words that appear on the printed page and then there are the words in text messages that really aren’t words at all. And sometimes words are just noise disturbing all around them. But of all the

WHY?

WHY? “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1 NIV). Be honest now. Have you ever felt that way? Matthew Henry said, “God's withdrawings are very grievous to his people, especially in times of trouble. We stand afar off from God by our unbelief, and then complain that God stands afar off from us.” I think that among Christians Matthew Henry is more right than wrong. At some time in our Christian life all of us will have the question of the Psalmist. We don’t want to have that question. We may have thought we would never have that question. But there it is. Where is God anyway? Doesn’t He see the trouble we are in? As one matures in the C

OPPRESSION!

OPPRESSION! “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord have never forsaken those who seek you,” (Psalm 9:9-10 NIV). When the bible talks about the oppressed it is speaking of all those who suffer wrong at the hands of others with no visible pathway to justice. Often these oppressed people are afflicted and unhappy through no fault of their own but time and circumstances cause them to be in these situations. The oppression may come through foreign governments or our own government, employers, criminals, or individuals in our lives. And most of the time life just looks hopeless. In many countries outside

TRUE MAJESTY!

TRUE MAJESTY! “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1, 9 NIV). How do we describe the majesty of God when we observe the heavens and the earth? As many of you, my wife and I have been afforded the opportunity to travel to many different places in this world both in the U.S. and in other countries. This travel has been by car, air, and ship and the majesty of what we have seen both on land, in the air, and on the sea and under the sea are beyond description. The land, the plants, flowers, animals, sea life, and the heavens at daytime and at night are majestic to say the least and beyond description for the most part. The one who created these things is inde

BRUISED BUT NOT DEFEATED!

BRUISED BUT NOT DEFEATED! Life is full of people who MIGHT take a dislike to us, oppose us in every way, or speak evil of us. You never know if or when that will happen. King David, “a man after God’s own heart,” seemed to have that happen to him quite a lot. I am sure that wasn’t pleasant nor would it be for us. In Psalm 7 David describes how the events might happen, his thoughts, his prayers and God’s resultant action. In Psalm 7:17 David sums up his actions in relationship to the matter, “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High,” (NIV). In the middle of unpleasant situations how often do we take time to just give

BLESSED AND SECURE!

BLESSED AND SECURE! “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield,” (Psalm 5:12 NIV). It seems every day is a challenge in this world in which we live. And I think it has been that way ever since Adam sinned in the perfect garden in which God placed him. Living in Paradise turned into “a sweat of the brow existence.” So it is today as life goes on and the world spirals downward while we Christians fulfill our task of being the “salt” and “light” to a spiritually needy world. Jesus is coming again and we pray it will be very soon as we keep an eye on the sky. In the midst of these realities two things stand out in Psalm 5:12. We have a divine promi

THE SILENT OBSERVER?

THE SILENT OBSERVER? “The Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish,” (Psalm 1:6 NIV). The way we are often treated in this world we wonder if anyone ever looks out for our interest. It seems many people are out for me, me, me, meaning themselves, without regard for others. And this approach to life by many people often brings tragic consequences into the lives of those who sacrifice daily to help those in need around them. Often one may think there is no justice in this world. But as Christians we can be assured there is someone looking out for our interests each step of our way. God is always watching and working so let us live secure in that knowl

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